Spiny Box Puffer EXPERT ONLY

Greek Name: (Chilomycterus schoepfi)



The Spiny Box Puffer is also often referred to as the Web Burrfish. It has a tan-to-yellow body, with dark spots and small fixed spines that help keep it safe from bigger predatory fish. Its teeth actually form the result of a fused beak-like structure.

A 180-gallon or bigger aquarium is sufficient, provided that it’s a tank that is exclusively for fish with ample room to swim in. It has been known to nibble at slow-moving and long-finned fish. However, it is not aggressive with other fish within its own family. It is known to eat invertebrates within a reef aquarium.

The spiny box puffer requires an extensive diet of meaty food items, including the clams, squid, and krill as well as hard-shelled shrimp, to aid in the wear and tear of their expanding teeth.

Approximate Size of Purchase: Tiny: 1/2″ to 1-1/2″; Small: 1-1/2″ to 2″; Small/Medium: 2″ to 3″; Medium: 3″ to 4″; Medium/Large: 4″ to 5″; Large: 5″ to 6″ Xlarge: 6″ to 7″



Care Level

Expert Only



Color Form

Black, Tan, Yellow



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size






Minimum Tank

180 gallons


General information on Spiny Box Puffer

Spiny Box Puffer is characterized by a tan to yellow body with dark spots. It also has shorter, fixed spines that can protect it from bigger and more aggressive fish. The teeth are actually a fusion-like beak structure. An aquarium that is large is ideal in the event that it is a fish only tank with plenty of space for swimming. It has been known to nibble at slow-moving fish as well as long-finned fish. However, it is not as aggressive with other members of their own group. It will consume invertebrates inside a reef tank.


Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Signup today to receive a coupon code for a one-time use of 10% off all Aquarium Supplies.